“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
Peace - Inner contentment; serenity; in a state of tranquility; serene; free from strife.
Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Trouble will undoubtedly find us whether we are looking for it or not. Scripture tells us that we shouldn’t be concerned at all about any day but the one we are living in at the moment, for each day has enough trouble of its own. Christ came to give us peace, not as the world gives peace, for that peace comes with a price. Nothing in this world is free. There are always consequences tied to whatever you do. Those tied to knowing the Lord are pleasant; filled with serenity and inner contentment. It’s simply a matter of allowing the Spirit to calm your spirit. That comes from quiet reflection. The peace of God is like a tranquil pool of water; motionless, serene. We find peace so infrequently in our lives, yet it is within our grasp if we truly believe in God and understand who we are in Him.
There is nothing this world can dole out that we cannot handle with God’s help. He desires for us not to have a carefree existence, but rather an existence that doesn’t overcome us. We can conquer any difficulty if we just trust the Lord to work things out for our ultimate good. He WILL do it.
“Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God. Then, because you belong to Christ Jesus, God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel.” (Philippians 4:6-7) The peace spoken of in scripture is something the world knows nothing of. It makes no sense to the unregenerate mind. God’s peace doesn’t change the circumstances you are in, it changes the way you react or don’t react to them, whichever the case may be. God loves you with an ever abiding and unconditional love that shall never fade or disappear. There is nothing we could ever think, say or do that would cause the Lord to stop loving us. That alone should give us a measure of peace. As believers in Christ we are forgiven. Let the peace of God rain down upon you as you lift up His name. He is worthy of all glory. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!